Nursing deans are midlevel administrators who lead and set the vision for nursing programs within higher education institutions. A dearth of knowledge related to the role and demands nursing deans face within the scope of the job position exists within the literature. The purpose of this qualitative phenomenological study was to explore the lived experiences and shared practices of female baccalaureate nursing deans related to work and family balance. After completion of a pilot study interview, the snowballing technique was used to recruit 12 baccalaureate nursing deans from Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky for the main study. One-on-one unstructured in-depth telephone interviews were conducted, recorded and transcribed verbatim. Data were analyzed using a hermeneutic phenomenological method. Seven themes emerged from the main study data that illuminated the lived experiences of nursing deans. The themes included (a) feeling stressed, (b) deans cross borders between work and family, (c) sources of support for positive work-family balance, (d) specific experiences that hinder work-family balance, (e) strategies to achieve work-family balance, (f) satisfaction with the deanship position, and (g) participant recommendations for novice deans. Results from this study confirmed the deanship role is stressful and the work demands are high. Despite intense job demands, deans were found to derive satisfaction from serving in the role. Future research studies related to nursing deans, other academic disciplines and professional women in mid-level positions will cast a broader net and provide leadership with valuable information to mentor new leaders and create healthy work environments where work-family balance is fostered.
|School:||University of Phoenix|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-A 76/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Educational leadership, Nursing, Individual & family studies, Health education, Higher education|
|Keywords:||Dean, Nursing, Phenomenology, Work-family balance|
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